Tourism Ministry Eyes Two Million Tourists to Visit Borobudur This Year

via Netral News, 10 February 2018:

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has targeted the visits of two million tourists to Borobudur Temple, which could roughly create revenue of IDR14 trillion for the region.

Source: Netralnews.com – Tourism Ministry Eyes Two Million Tourists to Visit Borobudur This Year

Bagan to be transformed into a sustainable cultural heritage tourism destination – ASEAN-Korea Centre to organize the Tourism Capacity Building Workshop in Myanmar

via Eleven Myanmar, 06 Feb 2018:

The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Kim Young-sun) will organize the Tourism Capacity Building Workshop under the theme, “Promoting Bagan as a Sustainable Cultural Heritage Tourism Destination” in Bagan, Myanmar together with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MHT) of Myanmar on 9 February 2018. The Workshop will bring together tourism professionals from Myanmar and Korea to come up with strategies to transform Bagan into a sustainable cultural heritage tourism destination as well as to share knowledge and best practice

Kim Young-sun, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre noted, “The number of Korean tourists to Myanmar is continuously increasing, to reach 65,875 in 2017. Among many other tourism sites in the country, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites and provides views quite unlike anywhere else on earth. As Myanmar promotes Bagan as one of the World Heritage Sites, we found it most timely to hold the Workshop in Bagan to increase competitiveness of Myanmar’s tourism industry particularly in terms of cultural heritage tourism. I hope this Workshop would contribute to strengthening the capacity of local tourism professionals in Bagan, and offer tourism products and services that are distinctively focused on Korean tourists.

Bagan to be transformed into a sustainable cultural heritage tourism destination – ASEAN-Korea Centre to organize the Tourism Capacity Building Workshop in Myanmar – Eleven Myanmar

Tourists behaving badly: Butt naked in Thailand

via Bangkok Post, 30 Nov 2017: This news came out last week while I was away on a work trip, but a pair of tourists have been detained in Thailand for taking selfies of their bare butt in Bangkok’s Wat Arun. They now face several charges including jail time. We have seen other tourists getting in trouble previously for stripping in Angkor and Bagan, so we can say that these two are literally a pair of dumb asses.

Two American men who posted photos of themselves with their rear ends exposed on their “Travelling butts” Instagram travel page at the capital’s famous Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) could face seven years in jail.

Source: ‘Travelling butts’ duo may face 7 years

Govt Plans to Relocate Hotels From Bagan Archeological Zone

via The Irrawaddy, 20 November 2017: Plans are being made, but negotiations with specific hotels have not yet begun.

The country plans to relocate hotels in preparation of the ancient city’s final nomination dossier to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Source: Govt Plans to Relocate Hotels From Bagan Archeological Zone

Burma pledges to relocate hotels from Bagan archaeological site

via DVB, 11 November 2017:

At the forefront of Burma’s proposal to UNESCO will be a pledge to relocate hotels and buildings that interfere with the ancient ruins.

Source: Burma pledges to relocate hotels from Bagan archaeological site- DVB Multimedia Group

US tourist, 20, falls to death from Myanmar temple

via AFP, Yahoo News 08 November 2017: Death is always tragic, but it should be pointed out that on top of the fact that climbing temples is frowned on in Bagan, the tourist was also on a non-designated temple that wasn’t designated for climbing.

Myanmar has tried in vain to keep tourists from scaling Bagan’s temples to watch sunsets fall over its vast plain of more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments.

In 2016 authorities tried to restrict the daily ritual to five main temples, citing the need to preserve the temples and protect tourists’ safety.

But travellers continue to scamper up many of Bagan’s smaller structures, including the 20-foot Wuttanathaw pagoda from which Braun fell.

Source: US tourist, 20, falls to death from Myanmar temple

Japan to fund upgrade of Bagan airport

via Myanmar Times, 27 October 2017: Upgrading the Nyaung U Airport will translate to a significant rise in visitors to Bagan.

Japan will provide grants worth $42 million to cover the upgrade of Nyaung U Airport in Bagan, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Department of Civil Aviation told The Myanmar Times on October 24. The upgrades will be done in co-operation with Japanese companies.

Source: Japan to fund upgrade of Bagan airport | The Myanmar Times